Perez, Deines Earn All-Pac-10 Honors
Nov. 13, 2008
SEATTLE - Washington junior forward Veronica Perez was named to the All-Pac-10 women's soccer second team while freshman midfielder Kate Deines earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 along with All-Freshman Team honors, conference commissioner Tom Hansen announced Thursday.
Perez (San Mateo, Calif.) carried the Huskies to their first winning season and first NCAA tournament berth since 2004, leading the team in goals (12), game-winning goals (6) and points (29) and tying for the team lead with five assists. Her six game-winning goals ranked second in the Pac-10 conference and she was also among the leaders in goals and points, finishing third and fourth, respectively, in one of the top conferences in the country.
The five-foot-two junior came into the season with just two career goals, but she instantly became a house-hold name with her breakout season. She also carved out a spot in the Husky record books as her six game-winning goals marks the third-highest single-season total in history while her 12 goals are tied for the fourth-most in a season. Perez's 29 points this season also ranks seventh in the UW single-season charts.
Perez showed early on in the season she would be a scoring force, netting a goal in each of the team's first four games, tallying five total in that span. With defenses keying on her much of the season, Perez was clutch for the Huskies late in the season when she scored the tying and game-winning goals over the final 15 minutes in UW's big 3-2 win over then-No. 13 Cal. She also had the game-winning goal in UW's 2-1 overtime victory over Arizona State last Friday, which all but wrapped up the team's first trip to the postseason since 2004.
Deines (Issaquah, Wash.), the three-time Washington State Player of the Year coming out of high school, was one of 11 players named to the All-Freshman Team along with being named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10. She was second on the team behind Perez with six goals, which marks the third-highest total for a freshman in UW history. Deines made an immediate impact, scoring her first career goal just 33 minutes into her collegiate career. She came up big late in the season, scoring four of her six goals in Pac-10 play, including game-winners against Oregon State and Arizona.
The Huskies tied for third with defending NCAA champion USC in the Pac-10 standings with a 5-3-1 record. Their 14-5-1 overall record marks the third-highest win total in school history. The success comes on the heels of three-consecutive losing seasons following an NCAA Elite Eight run in 2004.
Deines also earned national recognition on Thursday, being named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's All-Rookie second team.
UW is in College Station, Texas, this week where they will play LSU in the NCAA First Round on Friday at 2 p.m. PT. Should the Huskies win Friday, they would advance to play either Texas A&M or Texas State on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. PT. Live stats and live video of Friday's match can be found on the Huskies' official website, www.gohuskies.com.